As summer-like weather holds on to Portland for a few more days, it’s forever Summer 1965 in this photo of two kids on skateboards shooting down SW Vista Avenue. Ivar Bohnsen ran the Portland Heights Grocery at Vista and Spring (in the commercial building in the background) and built the Bohnsen Cottages in 1926. The cottages are virtually unchanged since they were built, and there are a few more trees along the street now but it’s an easily recognizable scene today.
This 1936 aerial view shows the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park on Hayden Island. The park opened in 1928 and at the time was the largest amusement park in the nation. The photo is oriented with southwest at the top. The natatorium is next to the part of the Interstate Bridge (then only one span wide) that crosses North Portland Harbor, while the roller coaster is clearly visible near the bottom. The park closed in 1970 and is now the site of Jantzen Beach shopping mall.
It looked like a fine day for some open-air shopping at this market on NE Sandy Blvd. at 41st Avenue. In 1934 you could get a rake for 15 cents or buy items with brand names we know today; Coca-cola, Vigoro, and Sunkist, for instance. A Laurel & Hardy movie was playing a few doors down at the Hollywood Theater.
One of the grandest mansions in Northwest Portland was the home of Captain George H. Flanders which stood on the block bounded by NW 19th and 20th Avenues, Flanders and Glisan Streets. This view looks northwest from 19th and Flanders. Designed by Justus F. Krumbein and built in 1882, it was replaced in 1926 by the extant Temple Beth Israel. Much of the rock wall pictured here is still in place. Seen in the background is the belvedere atop the home of Cicero Hunt Lewis on the block between Glisan and Hoyt (now Couch Park).
A lovely old photo of the Lovejoy Street ramp looking east. The Broadway Bridge, Steel Bridge and Union Station are easily identifiable. Most of the ramp is gone now and this vantage point, at about 9th Avenue, is now at ground level where it rises sharply to meet the Broadway ramp. See an aerial view of the ramp here.
The Thompson Elk Fountain has stood in the middle of SW Main Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues since 1900. The statue was presented to the city by David P. Thompson, a former Portland mayor and civic leader. Single family wood framed homes lined the east side of 3rd in this 1901 photo, half of a stereoscopic image. A very similar perspective, but 34 years later, can be seen in this earlier post.